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Board of Trustees

Rolleston College Board

Every state and state-integrated school and kura in New Zealand has a board of trustees that governs it. The board of trustees is a Crown entity. A Crown entity is an organisation that is part of New Zealand’s public sector. The board’s job is to see that everything that needs to be done gets done – legally, ethically, and as well as possible in the best interests of its students.

It is also the employer of all staff, including the principal, and sets the overall strategic direction for the school or kura. The principal is the board’s ‘chief executive’ and manages the school or kura in line with the board’s direction and policies.


Lynley Shaw
Board Chair

Lynley enjoys playing an active part of our growing community and having been previously part of the Establishment Board of Rolleston College, it gives her great pleasure to continue and ensure that our vision for the school gets well embedded into the culture.  She offers a broad range of skills required for this Board with a background in legal, financial and property.  As Lynley’s daughter attends Rolleston College, she has a personal interest in seeing this School functioning successfully, ensuring the learner is always at the core of decisions made and enabling every child to be a high performing individual.

Greg Knowles
Deputy Board Chair

A member of the Rolleston community since 2014 Greg is married to Bridgit and together they have three kids, the oldest a foundation pupil at Rolleston College. His original involvement with Rolleston College was as a member of the Establishment Board of Trustees, formed to establish and open Rolleston College. With a background in marine electronics Greg has worked in the industry in Europe, Africa, South America and the Pacific. Greg and Bridgit now operate their own business’ importing and distributing work apparel and designing and installing remote camera, communications and power systems throughout New Zealand. A passion for the outdoors, he was a Bushcraft instructor with the NZ Mountain Safety Council prior to the disestablishment of its training section. Greg is also on the local Scout and Residents Assoc committees.

Barry Ward
Board Trustee
Finance Portfolio

Barry Ward is married to Anne-Maree with three children; Alessandra, Ted and Luke. They live in West Melton on a lifestyle farmlet. The children have all attended West Melton primary and Alessandra is currently Year 10 at Rolleston College. Ted will be attending Rolleston College next year in Year 9. Barry has a background of over 20 years in hotel management and helped establish a charitable trust for assisted employment services. He has been involved in the farming and building industry for many years and was former educator with the New Zealand Institute of Management.

Currently Barry maintains the finance portfolio on the Rolleston College Board. As a board member it has been challenging and exciting to be involved in the direction and governance of the College to date. He enjoys the opportunity to work with the other board members and staff to help Rolleston College achieve the expectations of the learners, staff, community and the Ministry Of Education.


Rolleston College Policy Documents

Child Protection Policy & Procedures (March 2018)

RC Curriculum Policy, Principles and Practices (Aug 2019)

Personnel Policy & Procedures (June 2017)

RC Documentation and Self Review Policy & Procedures (Sept 2018)

RC Finance Policy & Procedures (Oct 2019)

Health and Safety Policy & Procedures (May 2018)

RC International Learner Policy, Practices and Procedures (Aug 2019)

Rolleston College Charter

RC Charter and Strategic Plan 2020